NEWS AND NOTES
New Activities Planned Despite Pandemic Case Spike
The Patmos SDA Church is planning to resume their Saturday worship and classroom activities on Saturday, November 7th. Meanwhile, the Southern Company Chorus has been meeting, with social distancing and face coverings, every Monday evening for the past three weeks in Fellowship Hall. Ever so slowly, activities around the church are trying to return to some degree of normalcy.
We have been encouraged by the slow but steady return of worshippers to our Sunday services. On this past Sunday, October 25th, we had 34 attendees, and combined with 10 viewers who watched our streaming broadcast, this was our largest real-time audience since the pandemic started way back in March.
However, new COVID-19 cases are spiking all across the nation. On Friday, October 23, over 670,000 cases were reported nationwide. Although new Florida case counts have generally been under 5,000 cases a day, there is a general fear that with less restrictions on social gatherings and commercial establishments, Florida may also soon experience a major spike.
Over the next few weeks, we will be involved in two meetings to discuss whether and how to continue our reopening activity. Next Sunday, November 1st, our church leadership will be joining a zoom meeting remotely to participate in our annual charge conference. At that time, we will hear what recommendations our District Superintendent and the Cabinet of the Florida Conference have to offer. Then, on Tuesday, November 3rd, the RUMC Board of Trustees will be participating in a Zoom meeting to determine what future changes are needed to ensure the safety of our congregation.
Registration for our annual charge conference has closed. However, if you are interested in participating in the next Trustees meeting on Zoom—to be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM—contact the church office at 677-5995 next week during morning office hours.
RESTORE Yard Sale a Success
RESTORE held a yard sale this past Saturday, October 24th on the lawn next to the youth building. We were able to realize over $450 in sales. The money raised will go a long way towards paying for our order of 160 Thanksgiving turkeys to be given out on Thursday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 24th to our RESTORE clients.
In October and November, RESTORE will be collecting items to be used to provide Thanksgiving Dinner for families in need. We are asking for donations of the following items from church members: instant mashed potatoes, Stove Top stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes, canned cranberries or cranberry sauce, and dry or canned gravy mix. Since our freezer space is limited, we will purchase turkeys on the days of distribution.